Do You Wonder About the Nutrition of Sprouts?

Do You Wonder About the Nutrition of Sprouts?

I have been a long time enthusiast of growing and eating sprouts, and have always believed they are nutritious. Over the years I have enjoyed growing mung bean, alfalfa and radish sprouts, and eating them fresh in salads. Lately I have sprouted buckwheat groats, and incorporated them in energy bars and granola. Until now, I …read more

Chia Seeds - Are They a Beneficial Whole Food?

Chia Seeds – Are They a Beneficial Whole Food?

Chia is a flowering plant, also known as Salvia hispanica, which originates in Mexico and Guatemala. It is part of the mint family. Historically it was grown as an important food crop. Today the chia plant is grown commercially for its seeds. There seems to be a lot of hubbub these days about chia seeds. …read more

The Surprising Nutrition of Oatmeal

The Surprising Nutrition of Oatmeal

There are many different kinds of oatmeal available in food stores these days, and they are all slightly different from each other.  But how processed are each of them? How nutritious is oatmeal? Does oatmeal really lower cholesterol?  Does oatmeal contain gluten?  Read on – you might be as surprised as I was to find …read more

Considering the Nutrition of Dates

Considering the Nutrition of Dates

Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree, Phoenix dactylifera, which originated in the Middle East thousands of years ago.  Date palms are now grown in many places in the world.  There are many varieties of dates, each having a slight variation in size and color. But are dates really a healthy and nutritious …read more

Fennel - Delicious and Nutritious!

Fennel – Delicious and Nutritious!

This ancient European vegetable, which tastes similar to licorice, has an amazing nutritional profile and is quite versatile.  It is a relative of dill, carrots, parsley and coriander (the Umbellifereae family).  Because fennel’s licorice flavor is similar to the flavor of Anise seeds, the two plants are often confused – even though they are two …read more

Healthy Fruit - Blueberry and Raspberry

Healthy Fruit – Blueberry and Raspberry

Berries are one of the healthiest groups of fruits due to their incredible nutritional profile. Blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, and blackberries are some of the best sources of phytonutrients. All of these berries have a natural substance called ellagic acid, which has been shown to defend the body against carcinogens by suppressing the development of …read more

Cranberry - Is It a Healthy Food?

Cranberry – Is It a Healthy Food?

We all know the cranberry as a very tart red fruit that is mostly used in juices or in conjunction with other sweeter tasting fruits. But are cranberries really healthy for us, or is it just marketing hype? Interesting trivia – the name cranberry actually refers to two things:  it is the name of a …read more

Healthy Food - Add Greens to Your Diet

Healthy Food – Add Greens to Your Diet

The number one thing you can do today to improve your health and boost your energy is eat leafy greens. This simple act has powerful implications. In his book, Integrative Nutrition, author Joshua Rosenthal describes it this way: “Greens help build our internal rainforest and strengthen our circulatory and respiratory system.” He goes on to …read more

Coconut and Coconut Oil, a Weight-loss Miracle?

Coconut and Coconut Oil, a Weight-loss Miracle?

For centuries, island cultures have exclusively used coconut and coconut oil as a staple in their diet, and according to a study conducted in the early ’80s on Polynesian populations and published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, these people showed favorable heart and circulatory health. And while conventional medical sources still condemn coconut …read more

Squash - A Healthy Food All Year

Squash – A Healthy Food All Year

  Winter and summer squash are cousins that are part of the same large family, the Cucurbitaceae family.  One interesting note is that pumpkins are grown in many countries, and pumpkin varieties can be found in both the winter squash category and the summer squash category. Let’s talk about both winter and summer squash, including …read more